Rutpela maculata


    This is a large but well-marked longhorn beetle with a variable pattern of black and yellow markings.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found along hedgerows and woodland margins where the adults are most often seen on Hawthorn or umbel flowers.

    When to see it

    May until August.

    Life History

    The larvae live in rotten wood and emerge into adults in May.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales, much less common further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 65 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map